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Smith Breaks WSOP Duck With 1st Bracelet Win
Gavin Smith's glittering poker career has always lacked the polish of a WSOP bracelet - but all that has changed now.
After many years of trying, Smith has finally laid his WSOP ghosts to rest after triumphing in the $2.5k Mixed Hold'em Event at the 2010 World Series Of Poker.
"I always thought I was going to come back and I always thought I was going to win," said a beaming Smith following his victory for $268,238.
Canadian Smith has accumulated an impressive $5 million in poker winnings during his 16 year poker career, including 4 WPT final tables and an outright WPT victory at the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown.
However, despite this success, two previous runner-up spots on WSOP final tables may have left Smith wondering if he would ever be able to seal the deal at poker's primetime series.
His early form in the 2010 WSOP looked unlikely to see him break his World Series duck - but then everything fell into place.
"This year, I thought I'm gonna try my best and you know what, I kept coming in and getting my teeth kicked in," said Smith.
"I wasn't seeing the results, then the last three days, everything's just clicked and I felt like I played really well, I ran really well and it felt really special."
When asked if the bracelet would change him in any way, Smith's answer was emphatic.
"The bracelet doesn't really change anything," he said. "I'm going to come back tomorrow the same guy. It's just now I'm part of that club I've always wanted to be a part of."
Part of Smith's enduring popularity is his down-to-earth attitude toward his many successes and he showed humility following his hard-fought victory.
"I'm an old guy from Ontario who used to drive taxis - now I'm sitting here with hundreds of people coming out to watch me play poker while I win $200,000," said Smith.
"There's nothing in my life that can be considered a curse....every single minute of it is a blessing."
Smith's win brought Canada level with the United Kingdom on the 2010 WSOP bracelet leaderboard - both countries holding five bracelets apiece now.
(With files from Jackie Witt)
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